Carnegie Mellon University – Four professional poker players just beat the artificial intelligence platform, developed by Carnegie Mellon, in a poker tournament. The program called Claudici, was tested against four of the best poker players, with each human registering a win over the machine. However, they did not win by a large margin.

There has been a lot of controversy about developing intelligent machines. Some people are of the view that if the machines surpass human intelligence, it might result in a robot uprising. Whereas others believe that intelligent computers would only lead to an easier and comfortable life for humans themselves.

The competition was held at Rivers Casino, with an 80,000 hand. The collective winnings for humans came to be around $733,000, which was not much considering there was $170 million on the table. Scientists are already labeling the victory as a statistical tie.

The director of for the development of Claudico, Tuomas Sandholm, stated: “We knew Claudico was the strongest computer poker program in the world, but we had no idea before this competition how it would fare against four Top 10 poker players.

It would have been no shame for Claudico to lose to a set of such talented pros, so even pulling off a statistical tie with them is a tremendous achievement.”

Scientists already believe that artificial intelligence will soon overtake human intelligence. The said tournament has already indicated that that time is not very far. Although no real money was used in the tournament, but Microsoft and the casino put up $100,000 to be divided among the players, as per their winnings.

There were 80,000 hands of poker played during the 13-days of the tournaments. The humans were able to remain on top for 9 of those days. All the players, except one, were able to win more than they lost in the game.

The players, the casino and all the betters are now awaiting an improved and upgraded version of Claudico. Everyone is interested in seeing a second tournament being held, with much more added excitement.

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